ASSASSIN’S CREED LIBERATION HD Coming January 2014
Sony an Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD will be released next year. You may remember the time before Ubisoft started releasing any info on Assassin’s Creed 3, how some fans wished for a female protagonist in the next installment. They got their wish…in the form of a Playstation Vita game. Not exactly what many of us Assassin’s Creed fans wanted, especially to those who do not have a PS Vita to begin with, but there you have it.
It got generally good reviews on Metacritic for a Vita game, receiving an overall score of 70. It did have it’s bugs, but so did Assassin’s Creed 3 — don’t get us started on that mess. But not wanting to be left out in the HD trend that so many older video games are getting, Ubisoft came to their senses and decided to give Liberation a chance on the console. The way it was meant to be played, in our opinion.
Liberation is set in New Orleans between 1765 and 1780, in the period between the end of the French and Indian War, up to the middle of the American Revolution. Liberation tells the story of Aveline; a female Assassin of mixed French and African heritage. Brought up in a world of privilege and contrasts, Aveline becomes a strong-willed woman and an avid opponent of slavery.
Recruited to the Assassins by an escaped slave, Aveline joins the struggle against the Templars as they try to take control of New Orleans following France’s handover of the city to Spain. Striking hard and fast, she is instrumental in the Louisiana Rebellion that forces the Spanish and Templars out of the city for nearly two years before they return in force.
According to producer Momchil Valentinov Gindyanov, “Each mission has been reworked in order to improve its pacing, and the challenge it poses to the player.” Not only is Liberation getting a shiny new coat of paint, but it’s also getting 15 new missions, each specific to Aveline’s Personas — Assassin, Lady, Servant. This dynamic in Aveline’s appearance is unique to the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Each come with “its own advantages and disadvantages when playing missions, and each generates a different reaction from the city life around Aveline.”
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation HD will be released on January 14, 2014 as a digital download in the Playstation Network. No word yet on when it will be released for Xbox 360 or PC.